Insights and Intelligence

We believe Price/Intrinsic Value is the optimal approach to navigate the ebbs and flows of our ever changing, fast-paced and complex markets. 75% of our research is produced internally by a group of professionals skilled and experienced at integrating a world of advanced data into our propriety process.

We make it a priority to keep all clients fully informed: why and how we make decisions, what’s in our portfolios, how it strengthens our position and how it supports fulfilling their objectives.

Chart of Interest

Commentary
and News

4th Quarter 2019

US Market Commentary

The markets drove bears up the wall (of worry) as it climbed last year. We believe the pundits are still looking in disbelief at the market returns, and stand by our call that most worries are likely to be addressed and worldwide economic growth is likely to accelerate this year. Markets may be a little ahead of themselves early in 2020, so we expect a period of consolidation followed by a resumption in the equity market advance.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market Commentary

At the end of September 2019, it appeared investors were very concerned that nothing could go right for the world economy. Stocks were doing OK, but investors worried that Brexit would lead to further weakness in the economic outlook and chaos in the markets. They were also concerned that the Trade War would escalate, and continue to dampen the outlook for economic growth in Europe and (especially) the Emerging Markets.

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

International Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

3rd Quarter 2019

US Market Commentary

Markets have been held hostage to developments on trade and tariffs that have leaned on confidence since December of last year, and have shown dramatic movements based on the expectations of a Deal or no Deal in the trade war. We have believed for some time that the trade war would start to see some resolution as the President combines his "Art of the Deal" strategy with Re-Election hopes.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market Commentary

US Investors have shunned international markets this year. To be fair, the ACWI ex-US index is up more than 11.6% year to date, but that still pales when compared to the S&P returning over 20%. International indexes have underperformed the US since Q1 2018 as the uncertainties relating to trade wars, manufacturing slowdowns and Brexit weighed on confidence.

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

International Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

2nd Quarter 2019

US Market Commentary

The US market has acted very well this year, despite economic worries spurred by the new tariff concerns and a global manufacturing slowdown. Markets weakened in May after the breakdown of trade negotiations, only to recover in June as anticipation of a resumption of talks was priced in.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market Commentary

Years ago, I lived in a part of the country that was a hotbed of fans for NASCAR, the stock car racing association. After one brutal afternoon when a lot of drivers “traded paint” (slang for sideswiping each other), more than one car wound up spinning into the infield after getting hit. After the race, a sportscaster asked the winner about the contact on the track. His answer... “Well, that’s racin!”

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

International Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

1st Quarter 2019

US Market Commentary

First quarter market performance shows the power that a simple phrase like "Never Mind" can have, especially when it is the Fed Chairman invoking that sentiment. The S&P rose almost 14% in the first quarter posting a rebound of Biblical proportions from a fourth quarter that ended in tears.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market Commentary

Two deals, a China/US Trade deal and a Brexit Deal, captured investor attention during the first quarter. Bond Vigilantes worry about the possibility of deals not being reached and growth deteriorating. The "Bond Vigilantes" have been hard at work driving rates down (and stopping Central Bank tightening) in anticipation of a deflationary bust.

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

4th Quarter 2018

US Market Commentary

The US stock market anticipated a recession in the second half of last year. The 20% decline from the S&P 500 peak in September to the trough in December is confirmation of that. The US bond market probably geared up for one as well, as the decline in bond yields seems to indicate. The odd thing about this is that the Federal Reserve and most economists do not expect one.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market Commentary

International markets suffered significant declines in 2018 as investors suffered from the worst kind of anticipation, namely worrying about a potential recession. Most Central Banks and Economists are not predicting a recession, but investors have long memories and appear to be inclined to anticipate the worst after the Great Recession experience. As we look at it, this episode feels like an Echo of 2016, another period that was trying for markets.

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

Whitepapers

The Case for the S&P Doubling and a Global Bull Market

The Case for S&P 2500

Chart of Interest

Commentary
and News

4th Quarter 2019

US Market
Commentary

The markets drove bears up the wall (of worry) as it climbed last year. We believe the pundits are still looking in disbelief at the market returns, and stand by our call that most worries are likely to be addressed and worldwide economic growth is likely to accelerate this year. Markets may be a little ahead of themselves early in 2020, so we expect a period of consolidation followed by a resumption in the equity market advance.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market
Commentary

At the end of September 2019, it appeared investors were very concerned that nothing could go right for the world economy. Stocks were doing OK, but investors worried that Brexit would lead to further weakness in the economic outlook and chaos in the markets. They were also concerned that the Trade War would escalate, and continue to dampen the outlook for economic growth in Europe and (especially) the Emerging Markets.

Internation Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

3rd Quarter 2019

US Market
Commentary

Markets have been held hostage to developments on trade and tariffs that have leaned on confidence since December of last year, and have shown dramatic movements based on the expectations of a Deal or no Deal in the trade war. We have believed for some time that the trade war would start to see some resolution as the President combines his "Art of the Deal" strategy with Re-Election hopes.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market
Commentary

US Investors have shunned international markets this year. To be fair, the ACWI ex-US index is up more than 11.6% year to date, but that still pales when compared to the S&P returning over 20%. International indexes have underperformed the US since Q1 2018 as the uncertainties relating to trade wars, manufacturing slowdowns and Brexit weighed on confidence.

Internation Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

2nd Quarter 2019

US Market
Commentary

The US market has acted very well this year, despite economic worries spurred by the new tariff concerns and a global manufacturing slowdown. Markets weakened in May after the breakdown of trade negotiations, only to recover in June as anticipation of a resumption of talks was priced in.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Market
Commentary

Years ago, I lived in a part of the country that was a hotbed of fans for NASCAR, the stock car racing association. After one brutal afternoon when a lot of drivers “traded paint” (slang for sideswiping each other), more than one car wound up spinning into the infield after getting hit. After the race, a sportscaster asked the winner about the contact on the track. His answer... “Well, that’s racin!”

Internation Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

1st Quarter 2019

U.S. Review

First quarter market performance shows the power that a simple phrase like "Never Mind" can have, especially when it is the Fed Chairman invoking that sentiment. The S&P rose almost 14% in the first quarter posting a rebound of Biblical proportions from a fourth quarter that ended in tears.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Review

Two deals, a China/US Trade deal and a Brexit Deal, captured investor attention during the first quarter. Bond Vigilantes worry about the possibility of deals not being reached and growth deteriorating. The "Bond Vigilantes" have been hard at work driving rates down (and stopping Central Bank tightening) in anticipation of a deflationary bust.

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

4th Quarter 2018

U.S. Review

The US stock market anticipated a recession in the second half of last year. The 20% decline from the S&P 500 peak in September to the trough in December is confirmation of that. The US bond market probably geared up for one as well, as the decline in bond yields seems to indicate. The odd thing about this is that the Federal Reserve and most economists do not expect one.

Large Cap Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Intrinsic Value Opportunity
Strategy Review

International Review

International markets suffered significant declines in 2018 as investors suffered from the worst kind of anticipation, namely worrying about a potential recession. Most Central Banks and Economists are not predicting a recession, but investors have long memories and appear to be inclined to anticipate the worst after the Great Recession experience. As we look at it, this episode feels like an Echo of 2016, another period that was trying for markets.

International Intrinsic Value
Strategy Review

Global Intrinsic Value Equity Income
Strategy Review

Whitepapers

The Case for the S&P Doubling and a Global Bull Market

The Case for S&P 2500